Andy Murray may have dashed our hopes of a Brit winning Wimbledon this weekend, but the generous British spirit won outright at The Saltburn School. Several members of the community came out to help us for the second Community Action Weekend.
On Saturday the school was buzzing with activity – several rooms, which will be used as exhibition space for the arts fair next month, were given some tlc by volunteers.
The first two volunteers to come through the door were Maureen Lynas, from Saltburn, and Margaret Guy-Jobson from Stokesley. They spent a good few hours scraping the old blue paint off the walls of one of the rooms, ready for a new lick of paint. They were helped by eight-year-old Lily Hesse, from Saltburn.
At midday Stuart Boulton, a photographer from The Northern Echo, came in to take a few shots for an article about The Saltburn School.
Later in the day Daz and Lynne Naylor, a couple from Saltburn, came in to help. Lynne helped scrape the walls and Daz filled in the holes in the hallway walls with plaster.
Meanwhile Wendy Walker and Paul Clews, who own Peeling Paint, a hand painted furniture business, were hard at work in their new residency space in of the building’s wings. They are currently repainting some old cabinets that were found in one of the former classrooms. The cabinets, which will be painted grey and blue, will be used in the new cafe. The cabinets will be ‘distressed’ so that bits of the original red colour can be seen peeping through, harking back to the past.
On Sunday we had the help of the probation team, who lifted up the concrete paving slabs from the front left of the building, revealing the earth underneath. A community herb garden will be planted there in the coming months. The team also dug up weeds from the flowerbeds. Thanks boys!
A lot of work was done in the afternoon by various members of the public who came in for the odd hour here and there. Cleaning, sweeping, sanding – many jobs!
Shane Wreford-Sinnott and his daughter Tilly Wreford-Sinnott, 8, and son Max Wreford-Sinnott, 13, did a grand job scrubbing the glue off the floor in the new drama rehearsal space in the afternoon, staying for a good few hours.
Thanks to everyone who helped out. Game, Set, Match.